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How your money helps

We work to improve the lives of people living with diabetes, whether it be through campaigning for better care, investing in research or providing essential services – and we rely on your help to do this.

Thank you for all your support

We aim to:

  1. Reduce the rate of increase of diabetes
  2. Ensure people get the earliest possible diagnosis
  3. Halve the rate of complications
  4. Reduce premature deaths from diabetes.

Every day we are:

  1. Helping people better manage their diabetes
  2. Campaigning for better treatments and care
  3. Funding pioneering, life-changing research into care, treatment and prevention
  4. Working to reduce the rise of Type 2 diabetes across the UK.

Family care events

Being diagnosed with diabetes can be an incredibly daunting experience for a young person and their family. Our care events are an opportunity to meet other young people and their families with diabetes – it's often the first time a child will meet someone else with the condition – and to learn and share experiences in a fun, relaxed environment.

As well as exciting activities such as climbing and canoeing, young people get the chance to meet with a healthcare team, and to learn how to live with diabetes. Parents get to meet with others in a similar situation, and attend supportive and informative discussion groups.


Pioneering research

Our research programme is the cornerstone of our work. Last year we invested in over 120 pioneering project grants, funding to purchase laboratory equipment, and research-training opportunities – all of which are focused on bettering the lives of people with diabetes and working towards a future free of the condition.



Dealing with diabetes can be challenging, whether you’ve just been diagnosed or are an old hand. Sometimes, all you want to do is talk to someone who understands. The Diabetes UK Careline is a confidential helpline, staffed by trained counsellors who know all about the condition. So, whether you’re after information or just need to chat, we’re here to help.



There are an estimated 620,000 people in the UK who have Type 2 diabetes, but are unaware of it: that’s almost one in 100 people. The longer it's left before diagnosis, the greater the chance of developing potentially devastating complications. At our series of Healthy Lifestyle Roadshows we help raise awareness of people's risk.


And much more...

These are just a few of the services your generous donations help to fund. To find out more information about what we do to help all those affected by diabetes please go to How we help.